26. Analysis of agricultural knowledge and information systems in Bulgaria and Romania

Author: Violeta Dirimanova, Marioara Rusu


The main aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive description and comparative analysis of the Agricultural Knowledge and Information System (AKIS) in Bulgaria and Romania, with a particular focus on the agricultural advisory services. The main role of AKIS, in both countries, is to support the exchange of knowledge, information and services between many diverse public and private advisory organizations, on the one hand, and farmers on the other hand. AKIS’s strengths and weaknesses were analyzed and compared in both countries by using descriptive and comparative approaches. The results showed similarities and differences of AKIS and FAS for supporting farmers in both countries.

Key words: AKIS, Farm Advisory System, comprehensive analysis, Bulgaria, Romania